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Govt advised to increase funding for research

While Swaziland continues to face challenges in its higher education system, experts are calling for an overhaul and more funding for this sector which can drive research and innovation, for the country to turn its economy around and achieve sustainable development. “There are not enough…

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‘SD needs innovative agricultural methods,’ says pupil

Collaboration between the youth and experienced farmers can give birth to innovative methods of ensuring sustainable agricultural production, says Sibongiseni Nkosinathi Dlamini. “There is need for the creation of a platform where experienced farmers can teach the youth about the latest agricultural produce which will…

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Young people are drivers of innovation in financial sector

The banking sector is moving away from hiring traditional banking qualifications as it looks at harnessing the different innovations and skills that young people have. This has resulted in the sector hiring those deemed more brilliant than the traditional workforce that previously worked there. “If…

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Swaziland Railway exploring passenger rail

Tapping into passenger rail by Swaziland Railway (SR) as part of its drive to enhance economic growth and exhaust all available business opportunities has been perceived as a move towards the right direction. This transpired during the company’s presentation under the theme ‘Key Opportunities for…

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Is Swaziland ready for crypto currencies like Bitcoin?

One of the questions that were tackled in detail at the Swaziland Economic Conference 2017 is whether Swaziland is ready for the fast growing crypto currency which is quickly gaining momentum in other countries. This question was raised by First National Bank Swaziland (FNB) Chief…

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CSO should take over national depository role

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) in Swaziland should undertake the role of being the national depository of all data in the country. This was the view of Dr Moses Sithole who said once the statistics from census and surveys are centralised, the country would be…

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Power outages cost economy about E700m

Rural communities have been found to bear the economic brunt more than urban areas as a result of power outages. A study conducted by Tanele Magongo, Associate Researcher at the Swaziland Economic Policy Analysis and Reseach Centre (SEPARC) gives a glimpse on why rural communities…